NBC News – Hot pockets included in massive meat recall
Nestle USA is recalling 238,000 cases of its Hot Pockets pastries because they may contain meat included in a massive recall of nearly 9 million pounds of “diseased and unsound” beef products.
Three different sizes of Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets and Hot Pockets Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese products in the two-pack box are part of the voluntary recall issued Friday but announced on Tuesday.

FOX News – Most people say rating sites ‘important’ when picking doctors
When picking a new doctor, most people factor the reviews left on rating websites into their decision, according to a new study.
Researchers found 59 percent of people said those physician-rating sites were at least “somewhat important” when choosing a doctor.
“The numbers were actually substantially higher than just a few years ago,” Dr. David Hanauer said.

Huffington Post – Heroin and painkiller deaths require public health policies
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought public attention not only to rising heroin overdose rates, but also to the unprecedented use of opioid painkillers such as Oxycontin and Opana in mainstream America: in suburbs, rural towns, and affluent urban neighborhoods like Hoffman’s. Prescription opioids are the most common cause of overdose deaths in the U.S. And now, according to data published in the New England Journal of Medicine, opioid pill users are transitioning to heroin following the manufacturers’ replacement of abusable pills with tamper-resistant formulations. Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, that mandate doctors to check patients’ existing prescriptions before prescribing opioids, have been followed by an increase in heroin use.

NPR Blog – Candy flavors put e-cigarettes on kids’ menu
Electronic cigarettes are often billed as a safe way for smokers to try to kick their habit. But it’s not just smokers who are getting their fix this way. According to a survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 middle school students who’ve tried one say they’ve never smoked a “real” cigarette. And between 2011 and 2012, e-cigarettes doubled in popularity among middle and high school students.
At a middle school in the San Francisco Bay Area, Viviana Turincio, an 8th grader, recently noticed some kids smoking in class — or at least, that’s what it looked like.
“There was a group at the table,” she remembers. “And they were just smoking on the vape pen, and the teacher was right there — and the teacher didn’t even notice.”

Washington Post – Death toll from flu rises as H1N1 strain returns, with ‘young invincibles’ most affected
The H1N1 virus responsible for the 2009 global pandemic is back. State health officials from across the country say the resurgence is resulting in a dramatic rise in flu deaths in young and middle-aged adults and in children this season.
While the reported death tolls so far are only a fraction of what they were four years ago, they are significantly higher than last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu has been killing at epidemic levels since mid-January.